We've had our 2016 Coachmen Concord 300DS for just over a year now and with several long trips, many more short trips and a total of about 9,000 miles on it now...it is time to document our experience so far and start thinking about changes to make to the RV to make it work better for us.
Overall, we love it so far and it has performed great for our needs. We use it to pull my racecar to the away tracks and to vacation both near and far away. We currently live in Kansas City and it has been to Florida last winter and recently Albuquerque, NM to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta as well as tracks in Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa and Kansas.
Because it is still fresh I'll share some pics from the Balloon trip. If you have been, you know the spectacle the Fiesta is, if you haven't been...you MUST go.
Here we are parked in Standard RV parking.
We have already decided that when we go back next year we are upgrading to VIP RV Parking West (reservations open up tomorrow I think) to make it a touch easier to see sites like this early in the morning.
We had a great time there but struggled just a bit with power while dry camped for 3 full days. Waking up at 5 am to a screaming CO monitor because of low voltage and having to jump start the house batteries with the chassis battery to start the Genset is not my idea of fun. Some of it was operator error and some of it was just inadequate battery storage for what we were trying to do. My intention is to have twice the battery storage power, enough solar panels to help keep them charged and an inverter so I can make a cup of coffee in the morning without starting the generator all installed before our next long term dry camp experience. I might need to lean on some of you more experienced RVers here for help while making these upgrades.
Otherwise, the RV did great. We got about 6.5 mpg on the way West on I40 and just under 8 MPG on the way back home heading East flat towing our 2012 Jeep Liberty and running mostly around 73-75 MPH. I've discovered that speed and weight really aren't a factor in mileage...but wind direction and force is. I'm happy with the mileage and REALLY happy with how well the RV rolls down the road when trying to make time. We drove 13.5 hours on the last day on our way home, we didn't really plan on doing it in one day but the wind was in our favor, we got an early start and the driving was fairly easy. It says something that one can drive this chassis for that long of a day and not be completely wore out once stopped. Love how this thing goes down the road.
Here is what the rig looks like when heading to a race event.
It pulls the 6100# trailer with relative ease and having living quarters on site in the paddock makes taking my wife and dogs with me to races possible and really pretty comfortable.
Again, a lot of the time we'll be dry camped at a track so a power upgrade would help here as well. I'd also like to insulate the compartment around the Generator to help cut down some of the noise inside the RV. has anyone ever tried this? there doesn't appear to be a lot of room there but I'm thinking maybe dropping the Gen and lining the inside of the compartment with Dynomat or some other sound absorption material. We have a big bean bag chair that we carry with us when we'll be camped in one spot for a while and with it set on the floor over the generator, it cuts the inside noise down probably a third...so I know it can be improved upon.
Overall, we love the RV and can't wait to make it even better and share our experiences with the members here.